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Has Moka5 Gone Out of Business? End-user Computing Company Strangely Silent.

End-user computing solution provider, Moka5, seems to have gone radio silent... and perhaps even out of business.

On April 1st (and no, this wasn't an April Fool's joke) Brian Madden reported on brianmadden.com that Moka5 "apparently shutdown and ceased operations," and added, the company also appeared to have laid off a majority (or perhaps all) of their employees.  

Madden was unable to contact the company or its public relations firm; and VMblog had the same negative results when trying to contact the company by phone or email.  Madden did however hear from at last two employees of the company via email, and he was told by both that they had been let go on Friday along with most of the employees in the company.  Unfortunately, neither ex-employee had further information as to what happened or what was happening with the company.  Although one did speculate that a third-party company may come in and run the show.  But that begs the question... run it with who if they let everyone go?  Very strange!

Moka5 has been a very active company in the Twitter universe.  So if their latest Twitter activity (or lack thereof) is any indication as to the company's well being, it would seem like further proof that something is amiss.  The last Tweet to come out of the company's social media account was back on March 20th when they promoted the company's new SkyNet container technology which only launched a month earlier in February.

Another data point of the company's possible demise would be the changes on its corporate Website.  While there are no banners or blog posts mentioning or explaining anything of the sort, Madden did point out that the company's Management Team on the About Us page had recently been removed and individual executive photos and bios were replaced with Moka5's venture capital backers.  Also missing is the company's "Try it Now" button for interested parties who want to take the product for a "Test Drive."

Whatever is happening to Moka5, it's on the down low right now.  Nothing has been posted on the company's Website or its LinkedIn page; and as I said, the social media folks have also gone radio silent on Twitter.

While the details are next to non-existent, we do know one thing -- the company's founder and CTO, John Whaley, is definitely no longer with the company.  Unrelated to this story, Whaley let it be known on March 27th that he decided to leave Moka5.  In a Tweet from his personal account @joewhaley, he stated:

"After my wife passed I've done a lot of soul searching, and I've decided to leave Moka5. Thanks for an awesome 7 years as CTO."

Thoughts and prayers go out to John and his daughter.

Moka5 was founded in 2005 and began life as MokaFive with the number 5 spelled out.  The company was founded by four doctoral students from Stanford University, and they've been providing solutions in the end-user computing space all these years in one form or another.  To address this market, they racked up more than $104 million in venture capital funding during its lifetime.  And along with creating numerous software technologies, they also scored an impressive 14 issued patents with an additional 10 patents still pending. 

Moka5's stated mission has been to bring the benefits of virtualization out of the data center and onto the client, and while it is in question as to whether or not the company will still be around, what's not in question is whether or not they succeeded in that mission -- because they did. 

Published Thursday, April 02, 2015 6:25 AM by David Marshall
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